Statutory debt limit

Definition:

The cap that Congress imposes on the amount of public debt that may be outstanding whether temporary or permanent. When this limit is reached, the Treasury may not sell new debt issues until Congress raises the limit. For a detailed listing of changes in the limit since 1941, see Budget of the United States Government. See: Debt outstanding subject to limitation.

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Minimum maintenance

The lowest required equity level that must be held with a broker in a margin account. See: margin call.

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